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Old May 13th, 2006, 07:04 PM   #1
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Hello everybody..

1) My Mac G5 drive is completely full how doI clean up my drive...

2) I have an external drive Lacie 500GB which I'm using for capture scratch. After I finish my projects I burn all the media in a dvd as a back up, than I e delet everything from Lacie drive (LacieD)...

*Problem: Eventhough I delet all the files from LacieD , which means I have 0 files, it shows that I have only 262.81 GB of memory...
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Question: Do I have to reset LacieD in in order to see the memory available?


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Old May 14th, 2006, 06:35 PM   #2
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I solve the problem with LacieD (LaCie External Drive)

I only turn off my mac once in while.
So, after the problem with LacieD, I turn off/on the mac and LacieD has all the memory bakc again. I also ejected LacieD and turn it off for a few seconds... So LacieD is ready for new files.....

Why they say in the box that the drive has 500GB. When I pluged it says 467.46GB???

By the way, I'm much better with my editing. FCP is now a breeze...

Thanks once again for your help..

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Old May 14th, 2006, 07:54 PM   #3
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Why they say in the box that the drive has 500GB. When I pluged it says 467.46GB???
It has to do with the definition of a gigabyte. A gigabyte is really a binary number that equals 1,048,576 bytes and not 1,000,000 bytes. So 467.46 x 1,048,576 = 490,167,337 bytes. BTW, are you sure it doesn't say 476.46 GB? That would work out more closely to 500 GB (499,604,521 bytes).
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Old May 15th, 2006, 07:22 AM   #4
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The 500GB it is in big letters on the box...

Thanks for you help..

Got the point

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Old May 15th, 2006, 07:31 AM   #5
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Yes, there are two ways of looking at disk capacity and both are correct, depending on your point of view. The drive really does hold 500 gigabytes if you consider a gigabyte to be 1,000,000,000 bytes.

Ack! I just noticed that my math was wrong in the previous post... I was thinking in megabytes and not gigabytes. A gigabyte is really 1024 x 1024 x 1024 = 1,073,741,824 bytes! So using that number instead, your drive has an actual capacity of about 502 gigabytes.

Now of course disk drive manufacturers are going to use the method of calculation that makes the drive look larger. This is pretty standard, however there was recently a class action lawsuit against one of the manufacturers about this exact issue where users claimed false advertising. I don't remember the details, but the company lost and offered buyers some sort of free software or something as a settlement.
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Old May 15th, 2006, 03:38 PM   #6
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